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Clifton Association of Artists Celebrates 50th
CLIFTON, NJ – The Clifton Association of Artists concluded their Members’ Show “Inspiration” with a celebration of the association’s 50th Anniversary at the Clifton Arts Center on Saturday, April 13th. Prior to the buffet dinner catered by the Royal Manor, Garfield, NJ, Mistress of Ceremonies, Eugenia Gore, reviewed the origin of the Association when twelve friends began painting in a barn and became incorporated in 1963 under the sponsorship of the Clifton Board of Recreation. A first state-wide exhibition was held in School 6 in 1966. Eventually the group had 90 members. During the many years meetings were held in various locations throughout Clifton until the efforts of former Mayor and Councilwoman Gloria Kolodziej, the converted former quarantine station barn became the Clifton Art Center gallery. As the first group to hold a show in the new gallery in 2000, the Clifton Association of Artists has continued having an annual Members’ Exhibit in the gallery. Outdoor shows, open to all artists, and library shows are also regularly held.
In photo above: Several members from the Clifton Association of Artists & The Clifton Arts Center with anniversary cake. L-R: Emily Diamond, Marie Hyman, Amy Martin, Michael Gabriele, Eugenia Gore, Tom Dzubina, Don Lotz, Roxanne Cammilleri, Emily Rykowski, and Joan Sanford.
During the evening’s event a presentation was made by Mayor Anzaldi and accepted by President Tom Dzubina. Special recognition was given to Richard Ashton for his graphic work in publicizing each show at the Gallery. Arts Center Director, Roxanne Cammilleri, was recognized for the unstinting dedication and guidance she gives to the success of every exhibit.
The Dinner Committee used the occasion for a fund raiser for the Gallery and through their efforts and assistance from contributors a gift of $1,000 was donated to the Arts Center. Committee Members included: Eugenia Gore, Tom Dzubina, Carol Clemens, Emily Diamond, Marie Hyman, Gloria Chen, Amy Martin, Olive Mickens, Dottie Nieradka and Aureline Rodgers. Entertainment was provided by seven year old, Tyler Fengya of Clifton, with classical piano renditions and guitar music by Alan LeBoeuf.
Show Awards were presented to: First Place, Leslie Wolk for “Sails in the Harbor” (oil); Second Place, William J. Senior for “Windham Sunset” (watercolor); Third Place, Amy Martin “A Matisse Connection” (oil)'; Honorable Mentions to Carol Clemens “The Sultan” (pastel), Karen Floriani “The Window of the Soul” (photo), Leonardo Macaluso “Still Life” (acrylic) and Dorothy Saunders “Western Icon” (acrylic).
In addition to Mayor Anzaldi, guests included Tom Sullivan, Clifton Journal columnist, Christine Zembicki, former Clifton Library Director, and members of the Clifton Arts Center Board.
In photo on right: L-R: Roxanne Cammilleri, Christine Zembicki (former Director, Clifton Library), and Mayor James Anzaldi. Photos by Gloria Chen
The Art Association thanks all those who attended the event or lent their support.
Submitted by Eugenia Gore
Third Vice President